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again a political flashpoint. mike viqueira, nbc news, the white house. >>> there's much more of the interview with benjamin netanyahu on tomorrow morning on "meet the press." >>> still ahead, the intense battle over who gets to vote on election day and how. a decision now hangs in the balance. >>> later, making a difference with good old fashioned puppy love. >>> we are back now with raging legal battles over who will be eligible to vote this november, and how and when. across the country, courts are deciding bitter partisan disputes including one in pennsylvania where both sides say the outcome could tip the balance in a close election. we get our report tonight from nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: as pennsylvania supreme court considered whether to uphold the new law that requires a picture i.d. to vote, protesters outside claim the law is a republican tactic to make voting harder for minorities, the poor, students, groups that tend to support democrats. anna gonzales, a plaintiff in the case has a social security card, old voter registration card and more, but nothing with a
viqueira, joining me live. now, mike, the president again, no public appearances today. earlier this week, he was at the united nations. he's been hitting the campaign trail hard. he's been dealing with the fallout from the libya attacks. is he finding enough time to even practice for the debates? >> well, you know, craig, to the extent that the command of the issues will make a difference in these debates, you can say he's getting a lot of on the job training, certainly. but to argue your premise a little bit, the president, as far as we know, is, in fact, practicing for those debates. just yesterday, he spent two hours south of the capital, about a mile from here, the democratic national committee headquarters, where we are told, on deep background, that he was, in fact, practicing on those debates. of course, the person who is the mock mitt romney, if you will, john kerry, senator john kerry of massachusetts, he also battle tested. he had his own experience in these debates in 2004. people forget he had a series of epic debates debating a republican governor of massachusetts who challe
until the election and with no shortage of discussion of mitt romney's 47% comments. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, the president today appeared more willing to go right at mr. romney's secret video remarks. take a listen, mike. >> reporter: okay. >> when you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot because i travel around the country all the time, and the american people are the hardest working people there are. >> mike, we heard jay carney, the white house press spokesman, earlier this week actually making specific reference to mitt romney's captured comments on the tape, and now the president is really sharpening the attack, isn't he? >> reporter: well, you know, this is so easy for the president, martin, in a sense. it's just a big fat softball right over the plate. the president doesn't have to go drael after mitt romney. there were a couple beats if between the big uproar when that tape first surfaced published by mothe
assembly a short time ago complete with a unique visual aid. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, mr. netanyahu today said he's in ongoing discussion with the u.s. over exactly when and where to draw this so-called red line. mike, has anyone at the white house confirmed or denied that to you? >> reporter: no, the last we heard is no deadlines, no red lines. this has been an ongoing controversy. it bubbled up again a couple weeks ago and prime minister netanyahu once again called for a red line. as u.n. speeches go, there's nikita chew she have, yasser arafat, wile a lot of people have been deriding this prop that prime minister netanyahu is using today as sort of a cartoon initial roadrunner and coyote sort of cartoonish bomb he used as a prop, it's a deadly serious issue. there are some things the united states and prime minister netanyahu agree on, and this is iran is enriching uranium. they both agree that iran cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb. what they disagree on is when and where that red line should be brawdrawn, the threshold givo iran sa
with less than two months to go until election day. more now from nbc's mike viqueira. >> reporter: after leading the ceremony for the four americans killed in libya, president obama vowed to hunt down those people. >> those who attacked our people will not escape justice. >> reporter: u.s. embassies are a small part of a languager picture. >> let us not forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom and dignity that our country represents. >> reporter: the white house insists the anti-american violence is not a rejection of the president's policies. experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a very dangerous political dynamic on the ground that is fueled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> after initially taking hits for politicalizing the american depths in libya, mitt romney has softened his tone. >> this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> running mate paul ryan continues to hammer the president. >> amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, co
're too hard, so why bother. >> nbc's mike viqueira joins us from the white house. what did mr. carney have to say something about mr. romney's kick the can down the road. >> reporter: if you put aside all of governor romney's unforced errors and own goals, if you will, over the course of the last weeks and several weeks, especially on foreign policy, and just look at the power of the presidency that is on display here, the power of the incumbency -- look at today. let's talk about what's about to happen in the white house. aung san suh chi, under house arrest, awarded gold medal, finally coming to washington. she got her gold medal today in a ceremony that just wrapped up in the capitol and we'll have that oval office photo op with the president. we'll see still photographs of that today. couple that with the president presiding over that solemn ceremony, repatriation of those heroes who died in benghazi. then you look at what mitt romney has done, peggy noonan and other conservative commentators are calling small and tinny, the tone he's taken over the last few days. you see the pres
that romney is developing a sincere dislike for mr. portman. how kind. nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house. senator john kerry will play the role of mitt romney in the president's retreat in nevada this weekend. what more is the white house saying about the president's preparations? any details? >> reporter: not much. first of all, that rob portman, he really does it all, martin. but the president, to get your viewers up to date, just spent about two hours over on ivy street, just south of the capitol, at the democratic national committee headquarters doing some debate prep. we can presume that john kerry was there. let's look at john kerry's experience in this kind of setting. just go beyond the 2004 debates with then-president bush when john kerry was the democratic challenger. he had a series of debates way back in 1996 when he was a sitting senator with another republican governor of massachusetts who was trying to unseat kerry. his name was bill well. they had three debates actually that were epic in scale. so john kerry is clearly battle tested. the president is go
answers. on the ground in benghazi investigators can't even get to the scene. nbc's mike viqueira is joining us from the white house with more. good saturday morning to you. >> good morning. >> how big is this reversal? >> it's a very big deal. from the beginning, alex, ever since those attacks on september 11th in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead, 9 questions not only have been how could this have happened but did the administration shy away, intentionally mislead the american public about the involvement of terrorists, and in particular elements tied to al qaeda. now there are many republicans who say the administration, including the president, specifically said that this was tied to that anti-islam video that played on youtube that sparked demonstrations, make no mistake, worldwide across the region in muslim countries from the middle east all the way to indonesia. and, in fact, the administration spokesman, the president's spokesman jay carney had said that explicitly in the immediate days afterwards. then the explanations began to shift a little bit. susan rice
for the president. about seven weeks until election day. here's more from mike viqueira. >> reporter: today president obama vowed once more to bring those responsible to justice. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. >> reporter: the images of besieged american embassies are just a small part of a larger picture. >> for every angry mob millions yearn for the prix dofreedom an promised. >> reporter: the white house insists the anti-american violence sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policy. >> the unrest we have seen is a reaction to a film with which the united states government had no involvement. >> experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a dangerous political dynamic on the ground that's fuelled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing american deaths in libya, mitt romney softened his tone. >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: with romney trailing on the question of foreign
the united nations general assembly here in new york tuesday. nbc's mike viqueira joins us from the white house. mike, mitt romney has released his 2011 tax returns to grand fanfare everywhere. do we know if the president is expected to mention this interesting fact on the campaign trail? >> reporter: we don't know. i think we can expect the president or at least the vice president or perhaps their surrogates to make plenty of allusions to that fact. after all, it does fit into the president's fair shake, fair play theme. >> it also, mike, i mean the president didn't take long before he whipped out the 47% line, did he? >> reporter: no, he didn't. he got his sticks in, plenty of them, over the course of the week. you're right. the president has plenty more travel to those swing states. i know you're a clock work orange fan, do you remember the scene where he got the treatment and he's sitting in the chair. i think voters in the swing states by the time they see the campaign ads, that's going to be a metaphor for what they are going to be feeling. the president heads to wisconsin tomorrow.
of raid in the bin laden compound. mike viqueira has more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. . you're right. the prologue to "no easy day" is printed in today's editions of "the sun" in great britain, and the author under the pen name of mark owen describes high drama and a brush with disaster as his team of navy s.e.a.l.s was about to storm osama bin laden's compound. the newly released excerpts come just days after the pentagon threatened to file criminal charges against the former s.e.a.l. who wrote "no easy day." but an attorney for the author says the book doesn't reveal any secrets that would put current navy s.e.a.l.s at risk. in the book, owen describes in great detail the conditions leading up to perhaps the most famous commando raid in u.s. history. one minute out, the black hawk crew chief slid the door open. i could just make him out holding up one finger and glanced around at my s.e.a.l. teammates. this team had been handpicked from the most experienced men in our squadron. owen stresses that there was still no way to know for sure if osam
as a light onto the world. >> nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house. as this takes place, protests have spread from north africa to indonesia. there are early signs the president's call to the egyptian president has had some effect. >> reporter: as far as we hear from jim maceda and others, that is true. the president had a conversation described as very forceful with the newly elected president of egypt morsi in the past 48 hours. as a consequence, morsi issued appeal for calm. a lot of this came out of friday prayers, traditional moment in the muslim world where people gather and listen to their religious leaders. morsi issuing that call on the eve of those prayers, and evidently having effect from the reporting we're seeing. we have seen time and time again, you showed the president and his sound bite from that solemn ceremony in suburban maryland. before he spoke, secretary of state clinton spokane forcefully said you didn't trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of of a mob. we heard time and time again, officials from the president on down with increasing forcefulness den
communications directs director for harry reid and also my current colleague at the white house, nbc's mike viqueira and republican ad maker, brad todd is in the studio box. mr. todd, since i don't get to say mr. todd very often unless i'm talking to myself, we're not related but people ask us that all the time. assess newt's assessment. is he right? >> the fantasy is trying to aller history opposed to live it. i think that's what he's trying to do here. i think really he ought to be asking obama the same thing. mitt romney may have made a mistake or two running his campaign but president obama has made mistakes running the country. so that's the mistakes that need to be owned up to. >> do you think this republican sort of criticism of romney that's gone public is doing damage to romney and not helpful? >> voters don't play this parlor game. i'm glad some people do so we can talk about it here on the show. voters much more worried about what's going on in their lives and problems in their own personal economy opposed to what's happening in the campaign day-to-d day-to-day tactically. >> we
election day. more now from nbc's mike viqueira. >> reporter: after leading the ceremony for the four americans killed in libya, president obama vowed once more to hunt down those responsible. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. we will not waiver in our pursuit. >> reporter: the president says the images of besieged american embassies are a small part of a larger picture. >> let us never forget that are for every angry mob there are millions who yearn for the freedom and dignity and hope that our flag represents. >> reporter: since taking office mr. obama has sought to reduce tensions with the muslim world. the white house insists that the anti-american violence now sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policies. experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a very dangerous political dynamic on the ground that is fueled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing the deaths in libya, mitt romney has softened his tone. >> well,
, investigators can't even get to the scene. nbc's mike viqueira is joining us from the white house with more on this. mike, how big a deal is this reversal? >> reporter: well, it's very controversial and potentially a big deal. the question all along is ever since those september 11th attacks what caused them, what was the motivation for the people who killed four americans including the american ambassador. and at the beginning as everybody is well aware at this point, the white house insisted that these were spontaneous demonstrations, a reaction to that anti-islamic film, much like the demonstrations that had happened just hours earlier in cairo and subsequently swept through the muslim world from the middle east to indonesia. they denied that there was any terrorism link involved. from the beginning, republicans and other critics have questioned that. they said that the president and the administration have not wanted to admit a terror link in an election year around 9/11. they say that intelligence warning of such an attack was potentially missed and that the administration frankly drop
s.e.a.l. who took part in the mission. mike viqueira is joining us live with more on all of this this afternoon. i know i said morning earlier. what are we learning throughout the day, mike? >> reporter: well, alex, the prologue, you're right, the prologue to 0 the book "no easy day" is printed in the british newspaper and writing under the pen name mark owen, the former navy s.e.a.l. describes a harrowing ordeal, high drama, a brush with disaster as his team of navy s.e.a.l.s was about to storm osama bin laden's compound. the newly released excerpts come days after the pentagon threatened to file criminal charges against the former s.e.a.l. who wrote "no easy day" but an attorney says the book doesn't reveal any secrets that would put current navy s.e.a.l.s at risk. owen describes in great detail the conditions leading up to perhaps the most famous commando raid in u.s. history. one minute out, he writes, the blackhawk crew chief slid the door open. i could just make him out holding up one finger and glanced around as my s.e.a.l. teammates this team had been hand picked
this should be a referendum on his four years in office. nbc's mike viqueira is at the white house for us. >> reporter: hello, alex. >> where is the president headed today? >> reporter: you heard the president make reference to the fact there were republicans in the neighborhood. well, mitt romney and the president will be bumping elbows, almost into the two of each other over the next two months. you look at the eight battleground states, they'll be there constantly and we can almost say exclusively unless they go outside of them for fund raising. look, yesterday the president was in ohio and new hampshire. where was mitt romney? ohio and new hampshire. i kicked off his bus tour in florida, mitt romney in virginia. he'll be a nascar race in richmond, then virginia beach. but we're talking about a relatively small sliver of the population. if you add up all those undecided votes in eight states, most people estimate it will be about a million voters they are trying to sway and they'll all be in those markets. the ad wars now continuing, really ramping up the obama campaign announcing a 15
, thomas. >> mike viqueira, thanks so much. >>> new today republican presidential candidate mitt romney is attending fund-raising events in hopes of regaining the lead in the campaign cash category. he's in nevada today, colorado tomorrow. next week mr. romney starts a three-day bus tour of ohio. taking center stage, more questions from last night's document dump. the release of his 2011 income tax return. nbc's peter alexander is in san francisco traveling with governor romney, peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the romney campaign insists that by putting these tax returns out on a friday what's often referred to as a friday document dump this was not politically motivated even though it was done when fewer eyeballs would see it. they say it was done in the words of one adviser because the documents why ready. nonetheless we're getting our first look at the 2011 tax returns. opponents of the rom is in are still trying to pounce on the details of this. the numbers show they paid roughly $2 million in federal taxes, mitt and ann romney did in 2011 on total income of n
mike viqueira is joining me live with the latest. >> reporter: there are differing facts with the u.s. and israel in the form of the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, who's taken a very hard line over the last few days. there are things the government agree on. number one iran does, in fact, have a nuclear program. they are enriching uranium. they have not taken the step to enriching it to so-called weapons grade quality, if you will. but they are on their way to doing that. you heard ambassador rice say there is still plenty of time. earlier in the year the estimates from the u.s. government was there would be about a year and that the united states and israel and the world community would know if and when iran makes that turn. another thing they agree on, it can't be just a policy of containing iran, allowing them to go nuclear, but keeping them contained much like the old cold war as the west did with the soviet union. but prime minister netanyahu wants a more forthright stance publicly from the united states in terms of that red line. setting forth, delineating a clear deadlin
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